Dog missing after Hwy. 97 collision

A dog is still missing after an collision this afternoon (Jan. 4) that sent four people to hospital.

One of two vehicles involved in a crash early Wednesday afternoon on Highway 97 just north of Okanagan Falls. The incident closed traffic in both lanes and it's not known if there were any injuries.

A dog is still missing after a collision this afternoon (Jan. 4) that closed Highway 97 Okanagan Falls and Kaleden and sent four people to hospital.

Penticton RCMP and South Okanagan Traffic Services were called to the scene, one kilometre south of the junction with Highway 3A, at about 1 p.m.

Initial investigation and witness accounts suggest that a blue Honda Civic attempted to conduct a U-turn and was struck by a grey Toyota Tacoma following behind.

The 71-year-old male driver of the Civic was unconscious at the scene but since has regained consciousness. He is currently hospitalized with serious injuries. The three occupants of the Tacoma were treated at hospital and are expected to be released.

A dog that was riding in the Tacoma has fled the crash scene. Search efforts by fire are police have been negative so far.

Marley is a friendly one-year-old female pitbull, caramel in colour, with white wing markings on her chest. Marley is wearing a brown leather collar and has a tattoo on her right ear. Anyone in the area who sees Marley is asked to contact the RCMP (250-492-4300) or SPCA (250-493-0136).

Related: Update: Both lanes open on Highway 97